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2007 Chevrolet Malibu

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2007 Chevrolet Malibu Review

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Fresh from a major makeover last year, the Malibu sedan and Malibu Maxx wagon continue to offer consumers a strong incentive to move away from the leading imports and come home to Chevrolet. Loaded with unique features and based on a proven European platform, known in General Motors as the Epsilon, the Malibu and Malibu Maxx have strong appeal to consumers looking to get out of their gas-thirsty SUVs and into something fuel efficient, roomy and fun to drive. Although their engines and transmissions are not yet up to the standards set by Toyota and Honda, the Malibu and Malibu Maxx are far from outdated. Unfortunately, the pair still has some catching up to do in the area of residual and long-term resale values.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a mid-size sedan or hatchback with generous rear seat leg- and headroom plus an ample cargo hold, the Malibu and Malibu Maxx should be on your list. Those who spend hours in their cars will appreciate the excellent front seats.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're partial to Japanese-quality interiors, the Malibu probably won't cut it. Though clean, the overall interior is not up to the standard set by Mazda, Toyota and Hyundai. There is no manual transmission option, either.

What's Significant About This Car?

The 3.5-liter V6 is fitted with variable valve timing (VVT) and front and rear head-curtain airbags are now standard on LS and LT trims.

Driving the Malibu

Driving Impressions The Epsilon platform on which the Malibu rides shows itself once you start tossing the sedan into turns. The stiff body and firm suspension give up very little in the...

way of body lean, squat or dive. The Malibu easily pushes through tight turns, hindered only by its touring tires that squeal once they near their limits. At a standstill, the power steering is so light you can turn the wheel with one finger. Once in motion, however, the steering quickly firms up to return accurate and linear road feel. The four-speed automatic performs admirably, with a convenient up/down shift button that lets you toggle through gears one through three—a useful device when driving in snow.

Up/Down Shift Button
The up/down shift button on the automatic transmission lever lets you toggle between gears one through three.

Fold-Flat Passenger Seat
The Malibu's fold-flat front passenger seat increases cargo-hauling capability.

2007 Chevrolet Malibu Details
Interior

The Malibu's interior features large, legible gauges, a modern and clean center cluster and some of the best seats we've experienced in a Chevrolet. New colors and seat patterns definitely brighten the formerly monotone interior, but the plastic on the dash and door panels still needs some work. As for dimensions, the Malibu offers plenty of leg-, hip- and headroom both front and rear. The sedan's huge trunk also expands easily via the folding rear seat, while the Malibu Maxx wagon offers a sliding fore-and-aft split rear seat.

Exterior

Though handsome, the Malibu's exterior sheetmetal holds nothing earthshaking. Standout features include large jewel-like headlamps, styling lines that curve over the front and rear wheel arches and a bright chrome bar splitting the grille. While the sedan and wagon are virtually identical from the B-pillar forward, the Malibu Maxx distinguishes itself via a large flip-up hatchback and an additional six inches between the front and rear wheels.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Malibu LS includes, as standard equipment, a 2.2-liter, four-cylinder engine, air conditioning, power door locks, four cup holders, dual power mirrors, power driver's seat height adjustment, two 12-volt outlets, tilt/telescopic steering wheel, tachometer, cruise control, power windows, AM/FM stereo with CD, front and rear head-curtain airbags and full wheel covers. The LT trim adds the 3.5-liter V6 (Maxx only), 16-inch alloy wheels, premium cloth seats, body-colored mirrors, door handles and rocker panels and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with touch controls. The LTZ adds automatic air conditioning, heated mirrors, side-impact airbags, heated leather seats, six-way power driver's seat, 17-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels and power adjustable pedals.

Optional Equipment

Popular options include a power sunroof, OnStar, front seat side-impact airbags, six-way power driver's seat, auto-dimming interior mirror, XM Satellite Radio, remote control starter, rear-seat DVD entertainment system (Maxx only) and a six-disc in-dash CD changer.

Under the Hood

The standard 2.2-liter engine is an underwhelming performer, but returns outstanding fuel economy considering the Malibu's size. The V6 models offer better power, with city/highway fuel economy almost equal to the four-cylinder. The new 200-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 with variable valve timing accelerates briskly, with very little growl even under full throttle. Passing power is also excellent and, once up to speed, the engine is barely audible inside the passenger compartment.

2.2-liter in-line 4
144 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
155 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 24/34

3.5-liter V6
217 horsepower @ 5800 rpm
217 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/32 (sedan), 20/29 (Maxx)

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2007 Chevrolet Malibu Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.1
Out of 10

Based on 989 Ratings for the 2004 - 2007 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.4/10
    Quality
    8.2/10
  • Reliability
    8.6/10
    Performance
    8.6/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    8.4/10

Almost to 300,000 miles

By on Wednesday, August 26, 2015

I don't own this car

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Quick, Comfortable, Fun to drive, Plenty of room"

Cons: "Easily stained tan interior"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This has been our family car since 2007. My mom bought it just two years old. This is the V6 3.5L. It has been a champ! She has a long commute and just sent me a picture of her mileage almost hitting 300k! This car is amazing and I recommend it to anyone. She plans on driving this thing into the ground. This is a good example of taking care of your vehicle really is worth the money."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Fantastic deal, fantastic car.

By on Monday, August 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 113,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"With all the GM recalls, my Malibu had no problems at all. Expected wear and tear things, but nothing significant. This car has been reliable and awesome to drive. Very easy handling that I have not experienced in any car previously or since."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

very good car, very reliabe

By on Friday, August 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 180,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "great value for the money"

Cons: "be careful - has had a couple recalls"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Love this car. Only complaint is my fault. Wish it had leather interior. Tried to put CD in with one already in it and broke it in 2006. Wish it wasn't quite as noisy as it is on rough roads (Chevy's bad). Have always been happy with the smooth ride it gives on highways and pleasantly surprised at highway mileage (28-30mpg). Was way better than 2004 4 cylinder version. Mine is 2005 6 cylinder 305 and has plenty of power to get on an get on and travel on any expressway and it's quiet."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Good Car for Money

By on Friday, July 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 76,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
Not Rated

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"The size of the Malibu is perfect for me - roomy and comfortable for a mid-size car. It rides a little rough as compared to my old Toyota Camry - not a luxury ride, but that's ok. The interior is nicer than my sister's Mercedes. It has had several recalls, which is a nuisance, but no other major repairs. I paid about $17k for it new and would consider another Malibu in the future."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

We loved it so much we now have two!

By on Monday, July 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 209,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Versatile, roomy and good fuel economy"

Cons: "STEERING SHAFTS!!!!!!!!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My wife had to have a black Maxx LT the first time she seen one, we owned a 2000 Malibu at the time (190,000 miles w/o major issues) and then we found the Maxx at our local Chevrolet dealer and the rest is history (to the tune of 209,000 miles on her Maxx and mine just turning 100,00 (yes I bought one after her's hit the 190,000 mile mark) Sadly Chevrolet seen fit to end the run of our beloved Maxx and low mile used are few and far between. We regrettably will be replacing her's with a 3/4 truck (that I will drive because she now wants my Maxx) could not be happier with the choice of vehicle! by the way I am a Ford technician and proudly own a Chevrolet!"

Exceptional car.

By on Sunday, July 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "It was a super design, Easy and fun to drive"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Dependable, useful design like a station wagon but better looking. I hate to get rid of it but of course they don't make it anymore so I can't buy another one."

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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